Chelsea are ‘best-positioned’ side to land Sevilla defender Jules Kounde

Reports stemming from Spain suggest that Chelsea are in a good position when it comes to the potential signing of Jules Kounde.

Kounde a mand in demand

Jules Kounde has been honing his craft with Sevilla for nearly two years now.

The 22-year-old joined the Spanish outfit in the summer of 2019 from Ligue 1 side, Bordeaux.

Sevilla are understood to have paid around £22.5m to bring the stopper to the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium.

He went on to feature 40 times last season, playing a key role in his side’s Europa League triumph.

Kounde has also racked up 45 appearances across all competitions to this point in the current campaign.

And such solid form, in turn, has inevitably seen the stopper linked with some top sides.

Manchester City were tipped to move for the youngster during the delayed summer window.

More recent months, though, saw another of the Premier League’s giants credited with an interest in Kounde.

It was claimed at the back end of January that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to have made the Frenchman his first-choice summer target.

Chelsea interested in Kounde

But yet another Premier League powerhouse have been credited with an interest in the stopper even more recently, however, with it reported last month that Chelsea have joined the race to sign Kounde.

Now, as mentioned above, a fresh update on Chelsea’s links to the Frenchman have emerged this week.

According to Sport Witness, citing Spanish outlet La Razon, both Chelsea and Real Madrid would like to sign Kounde in the summer window, with the latter considering an offer if Sergio Ramos or Raphael Varane depart.

But it is added that Chelsea have no such conditions when it comes to signing Kounde, and are the best-positioned team to land the stopper.

In terms of a potential fee for Kounde, it is added that an offer of around €70m may be enough to convince Sevilla to sell.

Given he is a right-footed defender, Kounde could potentially be a long-term replacement for Cezar Azpilicueta, who has, until recently, operated on the right of a back-three.

Chelsea may also need to look to replace Fikayo Tomori if he makes his move to AC Milan permanent, whilst Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen only have just over a year left on their current contracts.

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